This November, we helped make Friday 13th lucky for someone, as we held a competition to give people the chance to win £750 – the amount drivers would save on fuel per year by switching to an electric car.
On the day of the competition, we set off in a Volkswagen e-Golf with the suitcase containing the prize money and travelled around London. We revealed clues to our final destination along the way, and contestants had to figure that destination out and make their way there to be in with a chance of winning.
It was great to see Londoners braving the rain to come down to the final location – Electricity Showrooms in East London – and there were even a couple of camping chairs on show from those who were in it for the long haul. Big congratulations go to our winner, Lewis, who was the first to figure it out and find a Go Ultra Low team member.
In case you haven’t been following the Go Ultra Low social media channels, you might not know that we’re giving away £750 today (that’s the amount of money you can save by switching from a petrol car to an electric car each year). We’re driving around London in a Volkswagen e-Golf with a suitcase that contains that amount of cash.
The challenge is simple: check out our Twitter feed (@GoUltraLow) today, follow the hashtag #followthesuitcase and keep checking the website www.followthesuitcase.com
If you can guess our final location in central London based on our clues, come on down and you can win £750.
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the world’s longest running celebration of motoring, and in fact celebrated its 119th anniversary this year when it took place a couple of weeks ago. For those unfamiliar with the Run, it sees around 500 amazing examples of pre-1905 vehicles take the 60 mile trip from London to Brighton annually.
This year, we gave the event an electric twist. To see just how far electric cars have come, we took a 1900 Cleveland Runabout electric car on the run, accompanied by a modern day electric car – the Renault ZOE. The Runabout is 115 years old and has no charging capacity, instead the batteries need to be changed every 20 or so miles. Although the Runabout was a significant technological development in its time, it was great to see where the electric car industry has got to now. 115 years ago, 15mph uphill was a struggle for electric cars, and occupants endured the 20 mile range exposed to the elements. Now, pure electric cars like the ZOE have a range of up to 100 miles, and the experience of driving one is similar to the thrill of driving a conventionally-fuelled car.
Check out some of the photos from the day here: https://www.pinterest.com/goultralow/veteran-car-run-2015/
To book a test drive of one of the latest electric cars, just visit https://www.goultralow.com/car-selector/
What would you do with £750? That’s the amount you could save in fuel each year by switching to an electric car because they cost as little as 2p per mile to run, and next Friday we’re giving you the chance to win a years’ worth of savings!
On Friday 13th November, we’ll be driving through London in an electric car with a suitcase full of cash. If you follow our journey online and track us to our secret destination, you could be in with a chance of winning the money. Keep a close eye on the Go Ultra Low Facebook and Twitter pages over the next few days for more details.
The Go Ultra Low team, in partnership with Transport for London, spent last Saturday at the Regent Street Motor Show – where almost 400,000 people flocked to the Capital’s free-to-view motor show.
We had a strong line-up of vehicles present – from the eye-catching BMW i8 and the urban-favourite, the Renault ZOE, to the business-focused Nissan e-NV200 and the brand new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. We were also pleased to unveil Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered car, the Mirai, for the first time anywhere in the UK.
In total, more 350,000 people visited our stand to gather more info about owning an ultra low emission vehicle, while almost 100 people even took one of our fleet for a spin on a nearby circuit.
A great day was had by all, and we hope it’ll help to bring the electric car revolution that little bit closer.
Check out a selection of images from the day on our Pinterest board. Find out what people thought about test driving our electric cars in our video:
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